Copain winery is perched on a hill overlooking the serenely beautiful Russian River Valley. Wells Guthrie, Copain's winemaker, discovered early on that his taste in wine gravitated toward Europe in general and France's Rhône Valley in particular. So much so, he picked up and moved with his new bride to the region to learn from the best. For two years, Wells apprenticed for esteemed winemaker and living legend Michel Chapoutier in France's Rhone Valley. At Copain, he creates wines that are firmly rooted in California, yet with the sensibilities of the European wines that so moved him. He is as committed to crafting these elegant, nuanced wines as he is to building a legacy that will be passed down to his daughters in the great tradition of European winemakers whose estates have been in the same family for generations.
Composed of 100% Pinot Noir from Anderson Valley, it is bone-dry, vibrant, and refreshing. This peach-colored wine offers aromas and flavors of cherry blossoms, watermelon, and strawberry. Its bright acidity makes it all the more refreshing and a perfect complement for those warm days right around the corner.
Domaine Regis Bouvier's reds are his crowning achievement, managing to be wild and exciting while refined and elegant at the same time. This domaine represents terrific value for a number of reasons–a lesser-known appellation combined with quality vineyard holdings and a conscientious and talented wine grower.
"We consider this one of our most prized finds of the last 5 years." Kermit Lynch, Wine Importer
This Pinot Noir boasts a deep red color with purplish hues. Vegetal notes first appear on the nose to quickly transition to small red berries aromas and undertones of springwood. Ample texture, with noticeable but silky tannins and flavors of raspberries
In the village of Saint-Père, along a little creek to the southeast of Vézelay in Burgundy, a quiet, peaceful revolution is taking place. This part of Burgundy has been producing wines for centuries. Domaine de la Cadette now produces from thirteen hectares of land today, and has been farming organically since 1999, receiving their certification in 2002.
In this cooler climate, their vines enjoy great sun exposure, lending a balance between generous fruit and deep mineral structure.
"Their wines are a refreshing antithesis to a world of oaky, over-the-top, sloppy Chardonnays. The purity and finesse of a Vézelay Blanc provides a wine drinking experience that never gets old." - Kermit Lynch, Wine Importer
This whiskey is truly unique. In fact, it is the only whiskey which uses real peaches harvested from the Rocky Mountain region, not artificial colors or flavors, to strike a balance between intense peach flavors that jump out of the glass with the subtleties of a refined whiskey which even the connoisseur will appreciate.
Leopold Brothers blends the juice of the most aromatic varieties of peaches from the Western Slope with their whiskey and move the entire spirit to used bourbon barrels. The peaches slowly oxidize in the barrel, yielding more complex flavors and colors. When the time is right, it goes straight into bottles.
This is the very essence of a Rocky Mountain peach coupled with an American small batch whiskey, painstakingly preserved in a hand-numbered bottle. It is perfect on the rocks, but also makes for stunning Manhattans and a host of other cocktails.
Blanton's Single Barrel Bourbon
You've got your big hat, your seersucker suit, and your pastel-colored dress. You're headed to a party to watch the 139th annual running of the Kentucky Derby; what more do you need? Bourbon, of course! And not just any Bourbon....Blanton's Single Barrel Bourbon.
"The finest bourbon in the world comes from a single barrel. That's the way Colonel Albert B. Blanton first bottled his private reserve bourbon nearly a century ago. Personally tasting and choosing each barrel, these barrels were reserved and bottled for ambassadors, dignitaries, family and friends becoming the world's first single barrel bourbon."
We suggest you drink it straight with just a few droplets of spring water, but Derby traditionalists might appreciate this mint julep recipe:
2 Cups sugar
2 Cups water
Sprigs of fresh mint
Blanton's Single Barrel Kentucky Bourbon
Silver Julep Cups
No Derby Party is complete without the Mint Julep which has been the traditional beverage of Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby for nearly a century.
Make a simple syrup by boiling sugar and water together for five minutes. Cool and place in a covered container with six or eight sprigs of fresh mint, then refrigerate overnight. Make one julep at a time by filling a julep cup with crushed ice, adding one tablespoon mint syrup and two ounces of Blanton's Kentucky Bourbon. Stir rapidly with a spoon to frost the outside of the cup. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint.
“Our Carneros Pinot Noir is medium-bodied with cherry, cola, plum, and blueberry. It is well-structured and elegant, with lingering spicy/earthy notes and cherry flavors throughout the mid-palate. The vanilla and toast integrates well with the silky round tannins on the lengthy finish.”
Scarpetta is a collaborative effort of Master Sommelier Bobby Stuckey and Chef Lachlan Mackinnon Patterson of Frasca Food and Wine in Boulder, Colorado. This sparkling Rosé is crafted in northern Italy of the Franconia and Pinot Nero grape varieties.
Crisp and dry, this sparkling Rosé explodes with delicate red fruit and floral aromas. Delicate on the palate, the wine’s acidity makes it a perfect accompaniment to a wide range of foods including ham, shrimp cocktail, salty snacks, lobster, salmon gravlax, and spicy asian food.
We absolutely LOVE Rosé this time of year and tend to drink it all Summer long! We found this little gem of a Rosé a few years ago and are so excited each March when the cases starting showing up.
Provence, in France's southern region, is THE place for quality Rosé production and the 'Cuvée Rosée d'Aurore' is a wonderful example. This classic blend uses Grenache, Cinsault, and Rolle in delivering a light, crisp, and pleasant Rosé that smells of ripe peaches and tastes like liquid sunshine. Open a chilled bottle and enjoy while the Spring sun is shining down. Best enjoyed with linen clothes and a deep, dark Mediterranean tan. $18.00
Yes, you can drink Rosé and still be bad ass!
Franco-American wine making team Charles Bieler and Charles Smith have collaborated in bringing you this fun and zippy Rosé from Washington State. The blend is comprised of Syrah, Mourvedre, Cinsault, and Grenache.
"The 2012 Rosé exhibits a beautiful pink color, tinged with a subtle salmon hue and coppered fuchsia edges. The aromas pop with wild strawberry, rose, cherry, subtle hibiscus and a touch of citrus, with underlying dried herb, crushed gravel and mineral tones. These bright fruit and savory flavors continue through the palate with great acidity that carries into the finish." $12.00